Litigation - Al- Suwaidi & Company

As one of the leading laws firms in the UAE, our primary approach is to understand our client’s unique case. We focus on building a complete file that documents all the evidence required to sustain our client’s position. We then carry out our own investigations to objectively evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of our client’s case. Based on our findings, we share with the client our evaluation of the situation and our recommendations for the best course of action to move forward.

If approaching the court is unavoidable, we ensure that we advise the client prior to the commencement of proceedings through strategic and pre-litigation guidance. At Al Suwaidi & Company, we are with our clients every step of the way.

Our goal is always to advance our clients’ interests.  We work closely with our clients to understand their businesses, identify potential areas of exposure, create strategies to manage risk, and when possible, resolve disputes to avoid a trial.  When litigation is necessary, we are able to draw on our extensive experience, skills in discovery, trial and appellate advocacy, and expertise in diverse areas of law.  Having achieved tremendous success for our clients to date, we enjoy our outstanding reputation as creative and skilled attorneys in an expansive variety of substantive areas.

Our litigation department consists of leading advocates and is supported by lawyers from other specialized departments within the firm. Our lawyers and legal experts are also assisted by an excellent team of dedicated and professional paralegal staff.

Al Suwaidi & Company has the expertise to manage large-scale and complex litigation cases, even when they bring with them multi-jurisdictional elements. Our team of experts are always within reach of the client to ensure a quick and timely response to the case. At Al Suwaidi & Company, we are dedicated to an integrative, seamless, and scalable team approach.  Our clients also benefit from the sophisticated Legal-project management tools that allow us to swiftly create a precise litigation budget and monitor actuals to ensure we run cases on budget.

"We are proud to have one of the largest and most successful civil and criminal litigation practices in the UAE – as recognized by ‘The Legal 500’. We represent national and international clients in all courts across the UAE, including the Cassation Court (Federal Supreme Court)".

Chambers Global 2014 Edition

Managing partner Mohammed Al Suwaidi is an experienced litigator. “Creative, sharp and polished,” he is recommended for his pragmatic approach.

Litigation Team





Ali Alraeesi

Ali Alraeesi

partner – Sr. Advocate

Practice: Litigation

Experience: Ali Alraeesi is a Partner at Al Suwaidi & Company. He has significant experience on all major areas of law practice in the UAE including Civil Law, Commercial Law and Criminal Law.

As an experienced Emirati lawyer, Ali has rights of audience before all levels of UAE Courts. He has over 12 years’ of experience in litigation and dispute resolution in the UAE representing a wide range of domestic and international clients (companies as well as prominent business individuals ) in contentious matters. Ali has developed extensive expertise in handling cases relative to extradition, cybercrimes, corporate frauds, forgery, breach of trust, theft, money laundering, cheque bounce, harassment, offenses related to drugs, defamation, medical negligence, insurance and rental disputes. Ali has successfully defended in a number of court cases and settlements for various clients, which include government and semi-government entities. He also regularly advises clients in other types of litigation, including intellectual property, corporate and personal status disputes.

Membership: United Arab Emirates Bar Association

Education: Bachelors of Law (LLB), Dubai Police Academy

Languages: Arabic, English

Robert Sliwinski

Robert Sliwinski

Of Counsel

Robert Sliwinski is a Barrister, Chartered Arbitrator, Accredited Adjudicator and Mediator, Quantity Surveyor and Dispute Board Member. Robert is registered to handle all matters before the DIFC courts (Parts I & II)

Robert has over 35 years experience of the construction industry with particular emphasis on all forms of alternative dispute resolution. Robert specialises in all aspects of the property and construction representing parties as well as undertaking appointments as arbitrator, adjudicator, expert determiner, mediator and dispute board member.

As counsel Robert has represented clients in litigation within court system up to and including the Court of Appeal and in domestic and international arbitrations. Cases undertaken by Robert include legal and contractual interpretation, construction and engineering contracts, tort, development agreements and professional negligence.  In a recent case heard by the High Court in London Robert was able to successfully argue that a construction company that was ‘balance sheet’ insolvent was solvent as defined by the Insolvency Act 1986.

As an arbitrator Robert has been involved in matters concerning professional negligence, property, landlord & tenant, delay analysis, costs, variations, defects, interpretation of contracts, repudiation, and many other aspects of contract in the areas of building, civil engineering, mechanical & electrical, waste water treatment and process engineering.  He has most recently been joint arbitrator on a multi-million dollar case between a joint venture contractor and national government in a dispute involving the construction of an airport runway and as a member of an ICC panel arbitration also between a joint venture and a national government involving the construction of a major road project.

Robert has received over 400 appointments from the CIArb, CIC, AICA, CEDR, RICS and directly by the parties to act as the adjudicator. Robert’s has also worked as an expert determiner and mediator covering a wide range of issues within the arenas of construction and engineering, professional negligence, contract, development agreements and landlord & tenant.

Robert works closely with the parties and their experts allowing his clients to understand each decision made and the effect on the overall dispute and process being employed.  Robert believes that an informed client makes the best choices in furtherance of matter under consideration or of the dispute that is being pursued/defended.

Licenses, Memberships, and Panels

  • DIFC – LCIA
  • DIFC Courts
  • Dubai International Arbitration Centre
  • International Chamber of Commerce (UAE)
  • Saudi Centre for Commercial Arbitration
  • ArbDB Chambers in London
  • The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • The Honourable Society of Middle Temple
  • The Construction Industry Council
  • The Law Society (2004 to 2010)
  • Asian International Arbitration Centre
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
  • Federation Internationale des Ingenieurs-Conseils International (FIDIC)
  • Technology and Construction Bar Association
  • UK Adjudicators
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (1987 to 2018)
  • Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture & Commerce
  • Dispute Resolution Board Foundation
  • Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR)
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)

Suneer Kumar

Suneer Kumar

Senior Associate

“Suneer Kumar has consistently impressed us with his commercial and practical approach to legal advice. We strongly recommend him as reliable and experienced lawyer in the UAE and wider region”.

Practice: Civil and commercial Litigation, Corporate-Commercial, Labor, Maritime and Insurance.

Experience: Suneer provided legal advisory services across corporate, commercial, employment, real estate, personal status and IT legal mandates and services for oil and gas clients. He has also advised various national and international clients on licensing, agency, distributorship and franchise agreements. Suneer has also incorporated more than 250 different types of entities in free zones, onshore and offshore for individuals, multinational corporations and juridical persons as well as advised and carried out restructuring of companies in different jurisdictions, mergers and acquisitions , liquidations of various companies in UAE and also advised UAE Liquidators and Global Liquidators of an International Bank( Under Liquidation) having branches in UAE.

Suneer also advised various prominent and leading family owned companies in UAE with diversified business activities in UAE and outside UAE on employment. He drafted employment contracts and advised various national, multinational companies and employees about UAE labor laws, regulatory frame works and HR Policies and settled many employment disputes and drafted settlement agreements for various multinational companies. Suneer is also a visiting professor at the University of Dubai lecturing on UAE labor law and has conducted various seminars for UAE employment law.

Moreover, Suneer also advised various local and international clients regarding different types of civil obligations in UAE and outside UAE. He has assisted the litigation team on disputes related to sale contracts of movable and immovable freehold properties, lease, plot sale and purchase, master community declaration, mortgage, loans, agency and other civil obligations. He also provided legal opinions for various legal issues to developers of projects and various construction companies with respect to the construction disputes due to breach of contractual obligations, delay in completion of the project, default and delay in payments and assisted legal team to enforce specific performance and recovery of outstanding payments and damages.

Memberships: Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa, Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Education: Chartered Institute of Arbitrator, UK (MCIArb); LL.M (University of London ); LL.M University of Bombay ; LL.B (University of Bombay); B.A (Bachelor of Economics) (University of Calicut )

Other Education / Training: Various seminars and arbitration trainings in UK, Germany and Dubai

Languages: Hindi, Malayalam and English.

Reda Hegazy

Reda Hegazy

Senior Associate

Reda is recognized by his clients in this region as a “highly effective lawyer in achieving their desired outcomes who is honorable and genuinely collegial with others and his legal advisory work is described as responsive and thorough”.

Source: ACE Audit Control & Expertise Group.

Practice: Criminal, Labor, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Arbitration, Maritime, Insurance, Aviation and Intellectual Property, Corporate & Commercial.

Experience: Reda is highly experienced and well-respected member of the Egyptian Bar since 1993, with an extensive in-depth experience in handling criminal, labor, civil and commercial litigation matters in the UAE having practiced in the region for over 25 years. He has conducted several arbitration cases in the region and is a recognized maritime insurance and intellectual property law expert. Reda’s full legal competencies also include a strong understanding of Sharia Law and the systems of the Courts which he applies in his litigation expertise, legal consultation, contract drafting and review. He has been a key member of the committee which drafted one of the federal housing laws in the UAE. He is also a regular resource person in several local newspapers in the UAE.

Reda is a certified arbitrator at Tahkeem Sharjah International Commercial Arbitration Centre (ICAA), UAE and is a listed member of DIAC 40 – Young Practitioners Group, Dubai, UAE since 2016.

Education: LLB degree from Mansoura University in Egypt; Diploma of Contracts, Menofiya University in Egypt

Languages: Arabic, English.

Mohammed Lemine

Mohammed Lemine

Senior Associate

Experience: Mohammed is qualified as a lawyer in Mauritania and he has joined Al Suwaidi & Company in 2000.

Practices:He handles a variety of civil,commercial,real estate, and criminal litigation including insurance (medical negligence, maritime and air transport,life insurance etc.), construction,labor and rental disputes.

He has also handled intellectual property disputes and arbitration. Mohammed also advises in various areas of commercial transactions.

Education: LLB from Mauritanian University

Memberships: Mauritanian Bar.

Languages:Arabic, French and English.

Abdelhak Attalah

Abdelhak Attalah

Senior Associate

Practice: Abdelhak specializes in international trade, cargo claims, charter-parties, ship arrest, air cargo claims, ship building and conversion as well as international and domestic arbitration (LMAA, SCMA, ICC, DIAC, DIFC/LCIA) and litigation under UAE Law.

Experience: Abdelhak joined Al Suwaidi & Company in April 2014. Prior to joining Al Suwaidi & Company, he worked at a leading shipping and logistics company as in-house counsel, which led him to acquire strong negotiation skills, market intelligence in shipping industry, effective management of legal and contractual risks and established an excellent network within the maritime and trading community. He has worked with all continents in international business and he is a founding member of the UAE-Algerian Business Council in Dubai, he is member of the board of directors and chair of the working group on transport and logistics.

He is a trilingual Arabic, English and French speaker at international conferences on transport, logistics and maritime arbitration, as well as a regular contributor to different specialized magazines and journals on various related topics.

Memberships:

Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)
Supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA)
Member of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitrators (SCMA)
Associate member of Dubai International Arbitration Center (DIAC)
Member of theFédération Internationale des Associations des Transitaires et Assimilés (FIATA)
Education: Abdelhak is UK qualified maritime and international trade lawyer he holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law with Merit from London Metropolitan University and a LL.M in International Trade Law from the University of Northumbria. His common law qualification was complemented by a civil law practice in Algeria and UAE

Languages: Arabic, English and French.

Saeed Al Hosani

Saeed Al Hosani

Advocate

Practice: Litigation.
Experience: Saeed is a UAE national lawyer and is licensed to practice in all courts in the UAE. He handles a variety of civil, commercial, corporate and maritime litigation as well as insurance, banking and rental disputes.
Prior to joining Alsuwaidi & Company, he is a Brigadier (retired) of – United Arab Emirates-Ministry of Interior- Ajman Police General Headquarters (1981-2017) and held the following positions:-
Director of General Department of Anti Narcotic (2011-2015).
Director of Overall Department of Police Stations (2005-2011).
Director of Criminal Investigation Department (2004-2005).
Head of Criminal Investigation Department (2000-2004).
Head of Criminal Evidence Department (1995-2000).
Director of Inspection Branch of Traffic Department (1990-1995).
Director of Madina Police Station (1989-1990).
Director of Licensing of vehicles and Drivers Branch of Traffic Department (1988-1989).
Head of the Permanent Disciplinary Board- Ajman Police General Headquarters (2013-2015).
Vice-Chairman of Rental Dispute Resolution Committee-Ajman (2007-2009).
Secretary of Ajman Cultural Sporting Club (2005-2006).

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Literature/History, Beirut Arab University, Lebanon (1988); Bachelor of Laws, Dubai Police Academy (2001).
Languages: Arabic, English.

Amal Al Ameri

Amal Al Ameri

Advocate

Practice: Litigation.

Experience: Amal is a UAE national lawyer and is licensed to practice in all courts in the UAE. With her exceptional knowledge in legislation, she specialises in civil, commercial, criminal and maritime litigation. She has also worked on cases relating to insurance, banking and rental disputes.

Education: Bachelor of Shariah & Laws, UAE University.

Languages: Arabic, English.

Noora Alsuwaidi

Noora Alsuwaidi

Junior Advocate

Practice: Litigation.

Experience: Noora is a UAE national lawyer and is licensed to practice in all courts in the UAE. With her exceptional knowledge in legislation, she specializes in personal status, civil and commercial litigation. She has also worked on cases relating to banking, construction and employment.

Education: LLB, Bachelor of Sharia & Laws, University of Sharjah.

Languages: Arabic, English.

Saeed Alsuwaidi

Saeed Alsuwaidi

Advocate

Practice: Litigation

Experience: As an Emirati National lawyer, Saeed has rights of audience before all the UAE Courts. Saeed has very good experience in litigation and dispute resolution in the UAE

He specializes in civil, commercial, criminal and maritime litigation. He has also worked on cases relating to construction, insurance, banking, and rental disputes.

Education: LLB from Science & Technology University of Ajman
Languages: Arabic, English.